SEC games are won and lost in the trenches. Tennessee football added another piece to its trenches on Friday.
Four-star defensive lineman Kellen Lindstrom committed to the Vols on Friday, adding another defensive lineman to the defensive-heavy class.
“It felt like a nicer Missouri. It felt like a much prettier, nicer Missouri, nicer Springfield,” Lindstrom told 247Sports. “It almost had a home feeling to it. But, of course, it’s away from home. It just feels really good. The atmosphere is awesome. Weather’s great, of course.”
Lindstrom, who ranks as the No. 228 prospect nationally, is ranked as a defensive lineman by 247Sports. He sits as the No. 27 defensive lineman in his class. However, Lindstrom specializes as more of an EDGE rusher.
At 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, Lindstrom could fit the LEO position perfectly for the Vols. It seems that Tennessee is looking to do exactly that.
Mike Ekeler, Tennessee special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach, has been the main contact in Lindstrom’s recruitment. He picked up 73 tackles, including six tackles for loss and one sack, as a junior at Glendale (MO.) High School.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Vols boast an older group. Tyler Baron and Roman Harrison are both guys who specialized as EDGE rushers for Tennessee, and both are likely to graduate following the 2023 year.
Picking up an EDGE rusher at any stage is a good pick up for the Vols.
Tennessee’s 2024 class is comprised of four-star quarterback Jake Merklinger, four-star athlete Johnathan Echols, four-star wide receiver JJ Harrell, four-star cornerback Kaleb Beasley, four-star cornerback Marcus Goree Jr. and three-star defensive linemen Carson Gentle and Jeremias Heards along with three-star offensive linemen Gage Ginther and Jesse Perry.
The momentum is picking up for Heupel and his group heading into the summer.